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The Lost Children

(Oonagh O'Neil #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  72 reviews
First in a gripping new thriller series featuring investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neil. If you love Broadchurch you'll be completely hooked.

TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O'Neil can sense a sinister coverup from the moment an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. His death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of
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Published April 1st 2018 by Aria
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Dash fan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 A Gripping Read

The Lost Children is a story about the Magdalene Children and the connections between the Church and the vulnerable young girls forced into the laundry rooms.

I have read and seen the films about the Magdalene Children and the abuse and torture the young girls suffered at the hands of the Nuns and church.

This story was a little different.
Journalist Oonagh O’Neil was working on uncovering the truth behind the Institutions.

When Father Kennedy died suddenly questions were raised as
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Fiona
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most people catch up on their reading on holiday. I never have time to read on mine so I bought this to read on plane journeys. It’s set in Glasgow in 2000 so I enjoyed knowing all the locations (although some have either moved since or been demolished) and really enjoyed the Glasgow humour. The dry wit of the hard-boiled lead detective, Davies, had me often laughing out loud, although he is a bit of a caricature and it was hard to stop him morphing into Taggart at times!

The storyline centres on
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Sherri Thacker
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a gripping new series by Theresa Talbot but it didn’t do anything for me. I just did not connect to the characters. I tried, I really did. Thank you for this complimentary copy of this book from Aria through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Linda Strong
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Previously published under the title PENANCE (UK)

First in a gripping new thriller series featuring investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neil. Travel from Ireland to Scotland.

When an elderly priest drops dead on the altar of his church, it is thought to be a heart attack. But the medical examiner finds that the priest had in his body a substance that he was highly allergic to. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder?

Oonagh O'Neil is a TV journalist looking into the truth behind the closure of Magdalene
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
A fantastic first in a series from Theresa Talbot. Rather than seeing this mystery/thriller through the eyes of law enforcement, instead we see through Oonagh's eyes - a journalist who is looking into the Magdalene children and how they were forced into asylums by their family and the Catholic church where they were tortured, stripped of their dignity and suffered for their "sins"... mostly created by their own families. Sweep them under the rug. Sell their children. Out of sight. Out of mind. ...more
Debbie DiFiore
That was one very complex ride

I just finished the story and I am sitting here kind of stunned wondering how to review it. It's emotional, depressing and quite disturbing. Just the thought of what those 'Magdalene ' girls went through is enough to blow your mind. I was raised Catholic and the whole question of Limbo and baptism was a part of that curriculum. I was taught that. I didn't know it had changed. This story takes you on a roller coaster of emotions ranging from disbelief to anger. There
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Sue Em
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Glasgow investigative reporter Oonagh O'Neil takes on the sordid history of the Magdalene Institute and the Catholic church back in 2000 when many revelations came out. Taut thriller with good characters that I hope to see in further books.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mystica
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first in a series involving journalist Oonagh O'Neil and detective Davies this was a very emotional read. I had read about the Magdalene homes and laundries and thought this was a horrific way for the Church to behave. There are no excuses when it is said it was symptomatic of their times. Compassion or sympathy as a human being was never part of these places and this story revolves around the children who were born, forcibly adopted and lost forever.

Oonagh knows that something is not quite
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THE LOST CHILDREN
(Also published as PENANCE)
(Oonagh O’Neil: #1)
Written by Theresa Talbot
APRIL 1st, 2018; Head of Zeus/Aria (466 Pages)
Genre: series, fiction, mystery, historical, Scotland, religion, journalism, adoption

RATING: 3 Stars

This is journalist, Theresa Talbot's first novel, and it is set in Scotland/Ireland 2000, and alternates between 1958. I really liked the characters, Oonagh, Alec and Tom, and am hoping we see more of the latter two in the next book. My only issue with this book
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Pat
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kind of disturbing, echoes of the Magdalene laundries, corruption in the church - all the good stuff. great first book in a new series.
Heidi
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mysteries linking present crimes to dark chapter in human history have always had a strange appeal for me, perhaps because it is interesting how the echoes of the past still reverberate and affect people today. In The Lost Children, Talbot bravely tackles one of the darkest chapters in Ireland and Scotland’s history – that of the Magdalen institutes, asylums for “fallen women”, girls pregnant out of wedlock or troublesome for society or the church in other ways. It is frightening to know that ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Aria for an advance copy of The Lost Children, the first novel to feature Glasgow based investigative journalist Oonagh O'Neill.

When elderly priest, Father Kennedy, dies at the altar Oonagh suspects foul play because he had something to tell her about, she thinks, her investigation into the Magdalene laundries and he has refused to co-operate with her before. Oonagh's friend, DI Alec Davies, takes charge of the investigation.

I enjoyed The Lost Children, not
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Grace J Reviewerlady
The Lost Children is a stunning read; not only good but really great! Theresa Talbot writes beautifully, drawing the reader in to this multi-faceted crime thriller bit by bit until, before you realise, it completely absorbs you.

Oonagh O'Neil is a tv journalist; well-liked, well respected and working on a story of her own. Her investigations uncover some really unsavoury stuff regarding the Catholic Church and it's involvement in the Magdalene Laundry scandal of the 1950's. The Scottish setting
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Paula Sealey
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a superior crime novel that I tore through as I couldn't wait to find out who did what and why! Theresa Talbot has produced a great character in Oonagh O'Neil, a gutsy and determined journalist with heart. In 'The Lost Children', she is investigating the stories of young girls who were housed at the Magdalene Institute, a former home run by the Catholic church. The horror stories Oonagh hears from past residents compel her to continue with her plans to expose the dreadful events that ...more
Amanda
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My initial thought on finishing reading this book was ‘oh my days what a fantastic, but sometimes traumatic, read this was’. Well actually, my initial reaction used ruder language but the sentiment is the same. I absolutely LOVED reading ‘The Lost Children’ but more about that in a bit.
I absolutely loved the character of Oonagh O’Neill and took to her from the start. She is a television and investigative journalist, who is the darling of the media world. It’s obvious from the start that she is
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Jacqueline Murphy
Loved loved loved this, so many head line issues dealt with, the church, abortion, murder, this book has it all, I loved the way it was told both in the past at the Magdalen Home to the present with Oonagh trying to figure it all out, who dunnit! Well that was a twist & a half, will definitely be reading more of There's Talbot going forward. Thank you to #netgalley #aria #theresatalbot for the opportunity to read an advanced copy, all opinions expressed are my own.
Jayasree B
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle-lib
The Lost Children is a book that thrilled with its mystery and made me feel more than a little sad about the abuse. The writing was succinct and the dialect added a certain effect to bring the world of Glasgow alive in its pages. What The Lost Children does do in great effect is shine light on the world of all those who've suffered at the hands of the society, the religion and the people whom they believed and trusted.

For the entire review, visit Frost At Midnite.
Derek
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in The Lost Child by Theresa Talbot. Right from the start I thought the novel was way to confusing. There was no real backstory, it just jumped into the storyline. It was almost expected that the reader know who the characters were. I think what is most frustrating is the ideas and overall story could have been really good but the way it was presented was so flustered.

Thanks to Aria and Theresa Talbot for providing me with an advanced reading copy.
Maggie
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oonagh O'Neil is an investigative journalist in Glasgow. She has been researching for a programme about the infamous Magdalene Girls and the dreadful things done to them mostly (but not exclusively) the Catholic Church. When Father Kennedy dies suddenly after he had been in touch with her investigative instincts kick in, little realising what danger it will put her in.

The story switches from Glasgow in 2000 where Oonagh is and to the horror stories of the Magdalene Girls. Full of interesting
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Breakaway Reviewers
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
How investigative journalism can uncover terrible deeds.

Oonagh O’Neil is an investigative journalist who fronts her own TV programme. She is 36, highly intelligent and attractive and people listen to what she says.

The story begins with the death of Father Kennedy which originally seems to be from natural causes but with the help of Oonagh’s detective friend, DI Alec Davies, they discover that it was murder but by whom and why? Father Kennedy had asked to meet with Oonagh shortly before his death
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Linda Hill
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Father Kennedy drops dead in the middle of mass, there are repercussions that echo back decades.

I thoroughly enjoyed Penance. What I loved about it was the quality of the plotting. I really appreciated the way in which all the strands were drawn together to a highly satisfactory conclusion and I was especially impressed by the way I thought I had it all worked out but had only managed partially to guess what was really going on. The events set in the 1950s made for very uncomfortable
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Cathy Geha
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Children by Theresa Talbot
Originally published in 2015 as “Penance”

Forced work has existed for centuries in most countries of the world. It exists today as well. Whether a child or an adult, being forced to work in poor conditions without pay or for minimal wages is not a nice topic to hear or think about. This story deals with the Magdalene Asylums or at least is based on the fact that they existed and is based on the difficult lives those sent to such places endured.

This book flips
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Lainy
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - < 1 day

Pages - 315

Publisher - Strident

Blurb from Goodreads

TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O'Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. His death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution.
The Church has already tried to suppress the story. Is someone covering their tracks?
What secrets lie behind the derelict Institution's doors? What sparked the infamous
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Sharon
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penance tells the story of the infamous Magdalene institutions and switches between Ireland in the 1950s and Glasgow in the year 2000.
Oonagh O'Neil is a TV journalist who is working on an expose of the truth behind the closure of a Magdalene institution in Glasgow when an elderly priest dies on the altar of a Glasgow church. DI Alec Davis is investigating the death of the priest - Alec and Oonagh know each other from way back but their friendship is about to be tested as Oonagh's married lover
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Cyndi Moskal
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read the book.

The Lost Children is the story of an investigator's determination to uncover the truth behind Glasgow's Magdalene Institution. In her search for information about the women mistreated and abused there and the lost babies, she finds herself intertwined with sinister occurrences which may or may not be related. In parallel, the book tells the story of one of the young girls abused severely and brought to the institution as punishment for
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Stina
THE LOST CHILDREN is a stunning read! Complex, emotional and ultimately gripping, I read this in a day! I didn't want to put it down, despite promising myself "just one more chapter". The topic is a harrowing one, dealing with the Magdalene institutions in Scotland and Ireland in the 1950s and the forcible adoptions, baby selling and cruelty to young teenage girls who found themselves in this situation and shunned from society. Whilst not a true account (as stated in the Author's Note), Theresa ...more
Jane Hunt
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A high profile investigative journalist, the death of a priest and past secrets of abuse and injustice make this mystery thriller an enthralling read.
'The Lost Children' is written in dual timelines, the terrible lives of the young girls in the Magdalene Institution in the late 1950s in Galway and Glasgow inform the investigation and mystery explored by Oonagh O'Neil and DI Alec Davies in 2000 Glasgow.

The chapters from the 1950's are harrowing reading, the abuse suffered by young girls forced
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Linda Tilling
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4* review for The Lost Children by Theresa Talbot, via a netgalley kindle read and review.

When elderly priest, Father Kennedy drops dead on the altar Oonagh suspects a murder, because he was about to tell her something important relating to her investigation into the Magdalene laundries scandal in 1958, where hundreds of Irish Catholic girls were sent to have their babies, before the babies disappeared.

The plot is very complicated and there are so many suspects that it was difficult at times to
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Ninaminacat
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical aspect, not the best characterisation

My reactions to this mystery and crime novel changed constantly from wondering at the beginning if I should simply give up and accept it wasn't for me, to speed reading it to the 25% mark to finally being quite wrapped up in it as the penny dropped at least part of the way.

I liked the fact that the background to the novel was based on fact - and, that unpleasant as the truth may be, the Magdalene Institution really existed to hide away girls
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Theresa Talbot
This isn't a review as I'm the author - just a bit of background. The Lost Children is based on real life events. In 1958 the inmates of the infamous Magdalene Asylum in Glasgow staged a 3 day 'riot' amid claims of physical & emotional abuse. The inmates were just girls aged 15 - 19 who'd never committed any crime but were incarcerated because of their class/lifestyle. The asylum closed down shortly after. I'm a journalist and this story haunted me...no-one every knew what sparked off the ...more
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